SG Union Solingen

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SG Union Solingen
Club crest
Full name Sports community Union
Solingen 97 eV
place Solingen
Founded July 24, 1974
Dissolved 1990
Club colors Blue-yellow-white
Stadion Stadium on Hermann-Löns-Weg and Jahnkampfbahn SG-Wald
Top league 2nd Bundesliga
successes Lower Rhine Champion 1975

The SG Union Solingen (officially: Sport-Gemeinschaft Union Solingen 97 eV ) was a sports club from Solingen . The first soccer team played in the 2nd Bundesliga from 1975 to 1989 . Her greatest success was reaching the quarter-finals in the DFB-Pokal in 1984/85 .


The parent clubs

The SG Union Solingen was created through several merger steps. On September 3, 1949, the VfR Ohligs , the Ohligser FC 06 and the VfL Ohligs 12 merged to form Union Ohligs . The VfR Ohligs belonged to the first-class Gauliga Niederrhein in the 1940/41 season . Union Ohligs played for three years in the then second-class II. Division West , where in 1952 after the merging of the league relays the relegation took place. In April 1974 Union Ohligs took on the name OSC Solingen after a donation from the city of Solingen .

Finally, on July 24, 1974, OSC Solingen merged with VfL Solingen-Wald to form SG Union Solingen. VfL Solingen-Wald was created in 1933 through the merger of Walder BV , VfB Wald and TSV Wald . In 1970 the name VfL Solingen-Wald was adopted. Under the name VfL Wald, the club played between 1954 and 1956 in the then third-class Lower Rhine regional league .

Early Years (1974 to 1981)

The new club started in the third-class association league Niederrhein . The Union secured the championship with eight points ahead of the amateurs from Schwarz-Weiß Essen . In the promotion round to the 2nd Bundesliga, Solingen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen prevailed against Arminia Hannover . As a climber in the 1975/76 season, thanks to its strength at home , the team immediately finished 13th. With the 7-2 win at Spandauer SV , it was the highest away win in the Solingen second division era.

A year later Union slipped back to penultimate place with 96 goals conceded and was only able to keep the class through a decision at the green table . The license was withdrawn from the sporty rescued Bonner SC . While the teams of 1. SC Göttingen 05 and Wacker 04 Berlin, placed in front of the Solingen team, waived the possibility of moving up, Union took up the option. Horst Franz took over the coaching position and led the team into the middle of the table. Striker Werner Lenz , who scored 19 goals this season, played a major role in the success .

Solingen's highest second division win was achieved in the 1979/80 season when Union beat OSV Hannover 9-1. Werner Lenz scored a hat trick within five minutes . A year later , the Solingen team moved up to seventh place and thus qualified for the single-track 2nd Bundesliga from 1981.

Successes in the 1980s (1981 to 1985)

In the single-track 2nd Bundesliga, Union secured relegation on the last day of the match with a 1-0 win over Bayer 05 Uerdingen . A year later Union won 2-0 against Waldhof Mannheim on the last match day , while competitor FC Augsburg beat SpVgg Fürth 3-0 . Solingen managed to stay in the class due to the two goals better goal difference against Augsburg.

The 1983/84 season was the most successful season in Solingen football history. Led by the goal scorers Wolfgang Schäfer (21 goals) and Daniel Jurgeleit (15 goals) the team finished fifth at the end of the season. The highlight of the season was the 4-0 win against runner-up FC Schalke 04 in front of 12,000 spectators. A year later , Union reached sixth place in the league and posted their most successful cup season.

After a 4-1 win in the first round of the DFB Cup at VfL Kellinghusen , a 2-1 win at SpVgg Bayreuth followed in the second round . In the round of 16, Solingen won 8-0 at Eintracht Haiger . Daniel Jurgeleit and Manfred Dum each scored three goals. Borussia Mönchengladbach traveled to the quarter-finals in Solingen and took the lead in front of 15,500 spectators through Hans-Günter Bruns . Günter Diekmann equalized for Union before Uwe Rahn scored the winning goal for Borussia.

Decline and bankruptcy (1985 to 1990)

In the following years, Union could no longer build on these successes and got more and more into financial difficulties. As early as 1986 , the team slipped back to 15th place in the table and in the end was only three points ahead of the relegation places. A year later , the Solingen team was only three points ahead of the first relegated Eintracht Braunschweig .

In 1988 the relegation came to a tremendous game. A 2-2 win against the Stuttgarter Kickers ensured that they would remain in the 2nd Bundesliga. If Solingen had lost, the team would have been relegated due to the poor goal difference against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and SpVgg Bayreuth. But the descent was only postponed. In the 1988/89 season , the Solingen knocked-off table bottom.

The decline also continued in the Oberliga Nordrhein . The 1989/90 season was also finished bottom of the table, so that the Union was passed through to the Lower Rhine Association League. However, the SG Union no longer competed there. The club went bankrupt and was re-established as 1. FC Union Solingen .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hardy Green , Christian Karn: The big book of the German football clubs . AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-362-2 , p. 437.
  2. Match statistics Union Solingen - OSV Hannover
  3. Match statistics Union Solingen - Borussia Mönchengladbach